Mohammad Imran Tahir

Player Bio

Born 27 March 1979 Pakistan
Age 40 Years, 06 Months, 26 Days
Batting Side Right Handed
Bowling Side Leg break googly
Teams South Africa, Derbyshire, Dolphins, Durham, Easterns, Hampshire, Lahore City, Lahore Blues, Lahore Whites, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Nottinghamshire, Pakistan A, Pakistan International Airlines, REDCO, South Africa A, South African Invitation XI, Sui Gas Corporation, Staffordshire, Surrey, Titans, Water and Power Development Authority, Warwickshire, Yorkshire, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Middlesex, Sialkot, Pakistan Under-19, Highveld Lions, Sylhet Sixers, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Rising Pune Supergiant, Nelson Mandela Bay Stars, World XI, Multan Sultans, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Amsterdam Knights

Batting & Fielding Performance

M
I
N/O
R
HS
100S
50S
4S
6S
AVG
S/R
CT
ST
Test
20
23
9
130
29
0
0
18
1
9.28
55.31
8
0
ODI
107
36
16
157
29
0
0
21
1
7.85
69.77
25
0
T20
38
4
3
19
9
0
0
1
1
19.00
105.55
7
0
IPL
233
47
26
202
23
0
0
14
8
9.61
106.31
58
0

Bowling Performance

I
O
M
R
W
Best
5W
AVG
E/R
S/R
Test
37
654.1
20
2294
57
5/32
2
40.24
3.50
68.85
ODI
104
923.3
107
4297
173
7/45
3
24.83
4.65
32.02
T20
38
140.5
38
948
63
5/23
2
15.04
6.73
13.41
IPL
220
826
233
5864
275
4/12
0
21.32
7.09
18.02

Since his first-class debut in 1996-97, Imran Tahir has constantly been on the move. Starting with Lahore in Pakistan, to Titans in South Africa, he also went on to play for the English counties of Middlesex, Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Hampshire.

Throughout his career, Tahir, a leg break bowler, made sporadic appearances for each of these teams which alone suggested that he failed to stick to one place for a longer time and did not live up to his own potential. However, his first-class record was impressive and that earned him a call-up to South Africa's Test squad for their home series against England in 2010. But, on the same day, the decision to include him in the side was overturned as it was found that Tahir was not eligible to play for South Africa at that point of time. The Pakistan-born Tahir, however, continued to impress at the domestic level for Dolphins. He was finally granted South African citizenship in 2011, before being picked for the ODIs against India, albeit he did not play a single game. Tahir made his ODI debut against West Indies in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and immediately shot to fame with his crafty leg-spin which helped him conjure figures of 4 for 41. The juggernaut continued as he scalped 14 wickets from five matches before a thumb fracture ruled him out of the tournament. However, a Test debut came later in the year against Australia, and he had a decent start to it before he endured one of the worst phases of his cricketing career in Adelaide. He was taken to the cleaners by the Australian batsmen and ended up with the worst bowling figures in the history of Test cricket - 0/260. He was dropped after that and was replaced by Robin Peterson. Nearly a year later, a determined Tahir made his comeback in a grand manner with his maiden Test five-wicket haul against Pakistan in Dubai. He ended up with eight wickets in the match and helped South Africa level the two-match series 1-1. Fame was, however, short-lived as Tahir couldn't trouble the touring Indians even a wee bit and was attacked by them in the first Test in Johannesburg. Imran Tahir proved his credentials in the 2015 ICC World Cup. In a tournament believed to be for the pacers, he ended up with 15 scalps at an average of 21.53. Having known to turn his googly more than his leg spin, Tahir can become an even better bowler if he adds this one dimension to his style of bowling. More recently though, Tahir has found a new love for the limited-over formats of the game. He has been terrific in the shortest version for the national side as well as his franchise in various T20 Leagues. In 2018, he was selected in the Chennai team for the Indian T20 League and was a massive performer for them in the two editions in 2018 and 2019, firstly as champions and then as runners-up respectively. Thus, Imran will always be one of the premium spinners that South Africa has produced. He is not getting any younger but his enthusiasm for the game is unparalleled. The day he leaves, his celebration of running from one end to the other end of the ground will be really missed.

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Cricket World Cup 2019 POINTS TABLE

Team
P
W
D
L
PTS
9
7
1
1
15
9
7
0
2
14
9
6
0
3
12
9
5
1
3
11
9
5
1
3
11
9
3
2
4
8
9
3
1
5
7
9
3
1
5
7
9
2
1
6
5
9
0
0
9
0

Mohammad Imran Tahir News

South Africa vs Afghanistan: South Africa get first World Cup win in comfortable fashion

South Africa finally got a World Cup win under their belt as they eased to a nine-wicket triumph over Afghanistan at Sophia Gardens on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of a semi-final berth.

India vs South Africa: Why Imran Tahir may not open bowling today

Imran Tahir has dismissed Virat Kohli twice in international cricket – at the 2015 World Cup, and the second innings of the Nagpur Test later that year.

World Cup 2019: Imran Tahir becomes the first spinner to bowl first over of World Cup

Imran Tahir obliged his skipper with a stunner dismissing Jonny Bairstow on the second delivery, leaving the hosts stunned.

Jasprit Bumrah to Jofra Archer, bowlers to watch out for in ICC World Cup 2019

In the aftermath of the England vs Pakistan ODI series, everyone is expecting this World Cup to be a batsman's game. Well, we will definitely see a few high-scoring games but flat pitches or not, the bowlers will have a bigger part to play as the tournament progresses.

IPL 2019: Imran Tahir takes most wickets for a spinner in a single season

Chennai Super Kings' Imran Tahir has been in sublime form this season taking 26 wickets in 17 matches he has played at an economy rate of 6.69